Amazon Studios has named former NBC and Universal Television programming executive Vernon Sanders co-head of television.
In the newly created post, Sanders will work with recently appointed co-head of television Albert Cheng overseeing the creative and production units of the Amazon Prime Video television operation
Like Cheng, Sanders will report to new Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who has been rebuilding the streaming platform’s executive team after the departure of her predecessor Roy Price, who left Amazon Studios last October following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sanders was most recently a producer with an overall deal at Universal Television. He previously worked in high-level drama, comedy and current programming posts for broadcast network NBC and its sister studio Universal, overseeing series including 30 Rock, The Office, Friday Night Lights, and This is Us.
Salke commented: “I’m thrilled to announce Vernon Sanders’ appointment to co-head of television for Amazon Studios. Vernon’s undeniable expertise in nurturing talent and creative material will be a huge asset to our studio. Having worked side-by-side with him for seven years at NBC Entertainment, I can speak first-hand to his talents as a leader and creative force. I know Vernon and Albert Cheng will be a formidable team as we continue to build Amazon Studios.”
Sanders added: “I am tremendously excited to be joining Jennifer Salke, Albert Cheng and the forward-thinking team at Amazon Studios as they build an incredible destination for high-quality, compelling content. My time as a producer has reaffirmed my passion for working closely with creators to champion shows which delight and surprise our audiences. I’m grateful to my family at NBCU for their support as I jump into this new challenge.”